Saturday, February 6, 2016

Chile 2016 Photos

It's been a while since I've posted.  Been fishing Penn's a lot this winter, but I doubt anyone is looking for those photos after the Chile trip, so I'll just skip that.  Herb and I headed back down to Tierra Del Fuego and also to Navarino Island in Cape Horn (more on that later).  After the mandatory 24 airport adventure, 8 hour car ride, and 20 minute ferry trip across the Straights of Magellan, we were back at Cameron Lodge on the Rio Grande!  While it is always fun to catch some sea run browns, my real love is the spring creeks in the area.  Small, crystal clear, meandering meadow streams, with deep holes and undercuts, that hold enormous browns (and a few rainbows) willing to eat anything you throw at them....assuming you can make the cast in the wind or don't spook them. 


We spent about a week in Tierra Del Fuego before heading back to Punta Arenas to catch a plane to Lakutaia Lodge (Navarino Island) for some fishing via helicopter.  I will post more details on this when I put the video up, but it is a very special place that seems to have trout in every creek, lake, pond, and mud puddle.  Research recently conducted has shown that Navarino has some of the most pristine water in the world.  Quite possibly THE cleanest water on the planet. The place is essentially untouched and really the only way in and out is by helicopter....but again, more on that later.  For now, I hope you enjoy the photos!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Trout Tails - November 16, 2015

Seems like we pick the worst times to head to Erie/NY to chase steel.  Last year it was the blizzard of the century, this year, it was high winds, hail, and rain.  Thursday wasn't too bad, and we caught a couple nice browns, but rain overnight and on Friday, blew out all the creeks on both sides of the border.  By Saturday afternoon, they started coming back into shape a little, but fishing was still pretty slow.  We managed a few fish each day, but it wasn't much to write home about.  You know the fishing is bad, when you have the place pretty much to yourself.  We did catch some fish, but most of the steelhead we caught were on the small side, and the one nice one I had on, threw the hook in about 2 seconds.  There were some pretty impressive waves on the lake, and I saw some guy fishing what has to be the largest rod/reel combo I have ever seen used for steelhead on a 20 foot wide creek! 

Until next year I guess.  Now its time to gear up for South America! 

Fish of the trip


The photo doesn't do it justice, the reel is the size of a softball

Think this might have been the same fish from the first day, caught 3 days later.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Trout Tails - September 20, 2015

This year's Yellowstone trip was definitely a little odd/different than years past.  It started early, the first 5 minutes on the water, we had a 300lb black bear run right in front of us on the other side of the stream.  Seemed odd to me that he was running, but figured maybe he saw or winded us, even though he didn't seem to be paying any attention to what we were doing.  A few hundred yards upstream, we came across an elk carcass, and got out of the area.  The next day when we were talking to the ranger, we found out there has been a black and grizzly in the area.  I suspect I know what made him run.  So that section of stream was done for the beginning of the week. 

We have been doing this trip for years, and have always lucked out on the weather, until this year.  While we have had some snow and the random thunderstorm, we rarely encounter much rain in September.  The first three days were in the 80's and sunny, but by Tuesday, the rain had arrived with a vengeance, dropping the daily highs to the low 40's, and low 30's with snow at elevation.  With the low water and wild fires in the area though, the rain was much needed, and it was hard to be too upset about it. Fishing in the 30s-40s in the rain all day, really makes you question your sanity sometimes.   It also makes you question why you carry 20lbs of camera gear around all day, when you probably won't be able to take it out without destroying it. 

We had some pretty decent hopper and dry fishing early in the week.  The rain pretty much killed that, and blew out the NE corner of the park, making us seek other options.  Sometimes what looks like a curse, is really a blessing in disguise.  We spent a lot of time on water that we usually don't fish, or only hit for a day.  With the rain and clouds, it was the perfect time to work the banks with streamers.  While we didn't catch fish by the dozens, the ones we did catch were all good size.  The cloudy weather also had the olives coming off sporadically, which made for some great fishing in 30 minute clips between rain storms. 

In the end, it was another great trip, despite, or because of, the weather.  I did manage to get the camera out for a few photos, hope you enjoy.  Already looking forward to next year's trip!
The catch of the trip
The release

Cutty came along for the ride
Love this town

They pretty much killed our chances on 3 of our favorite holes on the Lamar, but it was worth it. 

Ever feel like you are being watched?

There was actually a deep hole in there

Some olive action

Not as big as the day before, but it will work

What was left of the snow on Friday.